Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Loans to Change Deforestation on Mbabala Island

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Zambia is one of the highest rated countries for deforestation, in fact, it is ranked in the top five. Why? 


Former Vulnerable Student on the Road to Success

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Daniel was once a vulnerable student. He became supported by the Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP) and graduated high school. After graduation, he received a job as a cashier. In 2010, Daniel received support to take a class by correspondence from the University of Kwazulu-Natal for two years. He has completed one year and is now into his second. His major is Community Based Social Work with Children and Youth.  


Ongoing Programs Training Providing Brighter Futures

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — A candle-making and food preservation training was held through Christian Fellowship to provide skills to 26 students. Additionally, there were 32 women, mostly from impoverished areas, who completed a sewing training class. 


Farmers Receive Forestry Training

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Farmers began forestry training this week in Mbabala. Selected farmers received 500 eucalyptus seedlings to start a forestry project intended to provide firewood, as there's no source of wood on the Island. 


Update from CEO Serving in India

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Uttar Pradesh, India — An update from Bright Hope's CEO/President C.H. Dyer and the team currently serving in India: 


Loan Beneficiaries With 16 Children Pay Back Loans

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kawambwa, Zambia — Sophia Mukonde and her husband were selected as loan beneficiaries through Christian Foundations. 


Refugee Children Receive Parental Support

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Nairobi, Kenya — To further support the children in the scholarship program in their studies, a meeting was held with the parents and guardians of the students to coach them in their role concerning their education. The parents were encouraged to provide their children with moral support and to make sure their children attend school regularly.   


Beracah Widow Becomes Self-Sustainable

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Beracah, Zambia — Ruthy, a widow trying to support her 8 kids (1 with Down's Syndrome), was added to the Beracah program in 2009 to support the kids' education and provide job training. She was given a $30 loan for a kitchen garden to grow tomatoes, collard greens and Chinese cabbage. The loan was repaid and she earned another for $60 for chicken rearing. She used some of the money to buy inputs from a co-op for maize farming, as well as hiring someone to dig a well on her property for clean water.  


Marta's Testimony: "It Is Evident That This Benefits Us All"

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alto Bio Bio, Chile — Marta Cheuque told us in her own words how the microloan program in the Mapuche Indian Network has impacted her life. 


Beracah Seeing High Loan Re-Payment Rates

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Beracah, Zambia — At the close of 2011, the programs at Beracah were thriving. The microloan program invited 51 families to join the program with 48 loan recipients paying back their first loan on time. 


Women in Jam-Making Project Share Their Stories

Friday, January 06, 2012

Alto Bio Bio, Chile — We received testimonies from two women enrolled in the Mapuche Indian Church Network jam-making project: 


Clean Water Implemented in Nguluni

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Nguluni, Kenya — Water is a scarce commodity in this rural area, so the leaders of the Nguluni Centre brainstormed a solution.